The Role of Community, State, Territorial, and Tribal Public Health in Obesity Prevention


  • Janice K. Sommers,

    1. Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public health and long-time public health practitioner at community and state health departments.
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  • Claire Heiser

    1. Works in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
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This article explores how governmental public health authorities can contribute to public health efforts to address obesity by monitoring the prevalence of obesity and associated risk factors, investigating the contributing factors, informing the public, and working with the citizens in their jurisdiction to develop solutions that fit the needs and sensibilities of the people.